What Were The Religious Beliefs Of Pirates?

What religion did Pirates believe in?

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  • ?
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
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    Take everything, give nothing back.

    Source(s): Also the sea god's or goddess's.
  • 1 decade ago

    It depends on which movie you model them from.

    Although privateers were considered as a type of pirates, they were more like navy soldiers as the most of their actions were legal. The word privateer may represent the captain, owner of the ship, the crew or vessel itself. They were authorized mostly during the wars by the government of a country or by some group, like trading company. Besides some specific tasks, their orders were to capture or destroy vessels of enemy nation and seize their valuables. The proof of authorization was letters of marque and reprisal.

    Both, the nation and privateers, benefited from those deals. Many sailors got plenty opportunity for an easy-profiting and exciting job. They could attack ships and ports without the fear of potential punishment. On the other side the privateers were drastically increasing the size of nations' navy. Whatsoever, the government didn't have to pay the crew, to arm or supply them. Instead, they even gained a great wealth as privateers were giving percent of sold plunder to their backers in exchange for their immunity.

    The Privateers with a letters of marque couldn't be treated as a prisoner of war by international law. However, to the enemy country, a privateer was no much better then a classic pirate and in many occasions, privateers were prosecuted and sentenced for committing the act of piracy.

    The Privateers were the most active between the 16th and 18th century, in a period when many European nations fought each other for dominance in the New World. It all began in 1243 when Henry III of England granted the first Letter of Reprisal. In following centuries, many famous commanders like Sir Francis Drake and Kanhoji Angria built names and became heroes of their nations as the privateers. They lasted until the 1856 and the Declaration of Paris. Since that year, a practice of privateering has not been legal anymore.

    (they were probably lapsed Anglicans)

  • 1 decade ago

    Depended upon the Pirates and what their back grounds. Some were Christian, some believed in polytheism. Since I did not live back then I can't answer for any of them. I prefer NOT to bundle them into one basket and say "they all believed in ..." because that is generalizing and you can't do that with humans.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    There are lots of books on the history of pirates. Unfortunately I haven't read any of them.

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  • 1 decade ago

    You will have to be more specific. There have been pirates for ever, and there still are. Names, dates, etc, would be helpful.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The more famous pirates, the ones we romanticize, were protestant and catholic...They were mercenaries hired by the queen of England...therefore, their religion...but, piracy is sanctioned by many countries...so, wherever they are from...that would be their religious affiliations...

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    HandHookism, NoBrushTeethuslim OR my favorite Parrotist.

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    I think so.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Oprah.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    They believe in a god named "ARRRRR"

  • Adam C
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    They were Rastafarians because it starts with "R".

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